WATCH: Photos of Durham, North Carolina’s “Pollenpocalypse” Are an Allergy-Sufferer’s Nightmare
Sorry in advance, sinuses.
Allergy-sufferers might want to wear a mask for this one. Actually, make that two masks.
Sinus-crippling photos of Durham, North Carolina, blanketed in a yellow-green haze of pollen are taking the internet by storm. And with good reason, the pollen isn’t just coating the cars and buildings—it’s hanging thick in the air.
Photographer Jeremy Gilchrist, who snapped the photos via drone on Monday, chose a fitting descriptor for the scene. He called it #pollenpocalypse.
“No tricks here,” he wrote alongside the pics on Facebook. “Yes, you are looking at a green haze made up of tree pollen from the pines of central NC!”
Gilchrist told CNN he was driving around when he noticed a green cloud in the air. "It was surprising to see it up that high," he said.
He added that he’s seen pollen like this before in North Carolina, but he wanted to get a vantage point only a drone could provide.
Gilchrist, who has also worked as a meteorologist and storm chaser, explained to CNN that the weather was "breezy and dry," which helped create ideal conditions for pollen to congregate.
Fortunately for the residents of Durham, Gilchrist said that thunderstorms hit two hours after the original photos were taken, washing away much of the pollen that had moved in.
Keep in mind that Durham only ranks 58th on The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s 2019 list of The Most Challenging Places to Live With Spring Allergies. This year, McAllen, Texas and Jackson, Mississippi—as the first and second most challenging cities for allergies, respectively—are faring considerably worse. Imagine the scene Gilchrist’s drone could caption in either of those two cities!